Our People


Buxton enrolls between 90-95 students a year, of which nearly 90% board at the school. Our students come from all over the world, but are united in the core belief of the value of community, creative expression and academic achievement.





China, Bangladesh, Brazil, England, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, UAE, Japan




19% American Minority, 16% International

All of our students go on to further study, with the majority choosing small, liberal arts colleges that share values with Buxton.



The faculty and staff at Buxton are committed to the school, our philosophy of learning and our students. Many have advanced degrees and most have significant teaching experience. They are given great freedom to design their own courses and respond with flexibility and sensitivity to specific groups and individuals.

All teaching families and most teachers live at the school. Along with teaching in the classroom, faculty members have leadership, administrative, and caretaking responsibilities.

At Buxton, students and faculty share their lives in ways both mundane and profound, forming bonds that range far beyond the typical classroom interactions. Over the course of a day, you might be woken up by your math teacher, eat lunch with your French teacher, and sing next to your English teacher during a chorus rehearsal.

We see the development of honest and caring friendships between adults and students not just as a lucky by-product of our program but as an educational goal in and of itself.

Progressive education Fellows


Since 1928, Buxton has been training teachers in the theory and practice of progressive education. Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, we have begun offering an exciting new opportunity designed especially for starting  teachers: the Progressive Education Teaching Fellowship.

Over the course of a single year, our Teaching Fellows receive constant support and training as they enter the world of progressive education. With access to and support from expert teachers and administrators, our Teaching Fellows participate in the life of the school, observe classes, discuss the theory and practice of teaching, and ultimately design and lead their own courses. Each Fellowship comes with a stipend, as well as room and board at the school’s beautiful campus in the Berkshires.

By the end of this intensive but supportive year of training, our Teaching Fellows have a deep grounding in progressive education. The Fellowship provides an unparalleled way to start a career in education – but is also just an incredible year in its own right!

Applications are now open for our 2020-21 Fellowship. To find out more, and to apply, please contact our Associate Director, Peter Beck, at peter.beck@buxtonschool.org

Administration and Staff

  • Franny Shuker-Haines (1997)
    Franny Shuker-Haines (1997) Director

    B.A. Wesleyan University

  • Peter Beck (2013)
    Peter Beck (2013) Head of School

    B.A. Yale College
    J.D. Yale Law School

  • Ben Ripley (2007)
    Ben Ripley (2007) Associate Director

    B.A. St. John’s College NM,  M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Deanna Dement Myers (2020)
    Deanna Dement Myers (2020) Director of Development

    B.A. University of Iowa

  • Margaret L. Cardner (1991)
    Margaret L. Cardner (1991) Senior Recruitment Officer

    B.S. Clarkson University
    M.S. The Pennsylvania State University

  • Jeanne Conner (2017)
    Jeanne Conner (2017) Assistant to the Director of Development

    B.S. James Madison University

  • Andrea DeMayo (2014)
    Andrea DeMayo (2014) Business Manager, Student Records

    B.A. Elms College, M. Ed. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • Monique Duffy (2017)
    Monique Duffy (2017) Assistant to the Business Manager

    Savannah College of Art and Design

  • Greg Roach (2015)
    Greg Roach (2015) Executive Chef

    University of Michigan, B.Mus Culinary Institute of America, AOS

  • Peter Smith ’74 (1984)
    Peter Smith ’74 (1984) Director of Summer Programs

    B.A. Clark University

  • Mike St.Pierre (1980)
    Mike St.Pierre (1980) Director of Campus Facilities
  • Justina Trova (2014)
    Justina Trova (2014) Director of Admissions and Communications

    B.A. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • Lindsey Wyatt (2017)
    Lindsey Wyatt (2017) School Coordinator

    B.S. St. Lawrence University


  • Lizzy Beck (2013)
    Lizzy Beck (2013)

    B.A. Yale College
    M.F.A. Warren Wilson (in progress) English II.

  • Peter Beck (2013)
    Peter Beck (2013)

    B.A. Yale College, J.D. Yale Law School, US History

  • David Bluestein ’08 (2016)
    David Bluestein ’08 (2016)

    M.A.T Earlham College. Chemistry, Algebra II, Psychology,  Main House Dormitory

  • Linda Kathryn Burlak (1988)
    Linda Kathryn Burlak (1988)

    B.A. Carleton College; M.S. Cornell University Physics, Biology, Marine Science, Astronomy, Academic Dean, Testing Advisor,

  • Nyasha Franklin ’15 (2019)
    Nyasha Franklin ’15 (2019) Faculty Fellow

    B.A. Mount Holyoke College

  • Gabriel Guadalupe (2017)
    Gabriel Guadalupe (2017)

    M.A. State University of New York at Albany,  Spanish III, IV, V, Russian

  • Frank Jackson (2007)
    Frank Jackson (2007)

    BFA Virginia Commonwealth University; MFA University of California at Davis Painting, Drawing, Life Drawing

  • John Kalapos ’13 (2019)
    John Kalapos ’13 (2019) Faculty Fellow

    B.A Pitzer College

  • Adrian Lash-St. John ’00 (2004)
    Adrian Lash-St. John ’00 (2004)

    B.A. Bennington College
    Algebra II, Intro to Trigonometry, Calculus
    Skiing and Snowboarding, Work Program

  • Amrita Lash-St. John ’99 (2003)
    Amrita Lash-St. John ’99 (2003)

    B.A. Bennington College
    Ceramics, Folk Singing

  • Brette Lennon (2020)
    Brette Lennon (2020) Faculty Fellow

    B.A Anthropology, B.A Environmental Studies,  Tufts University

  • Matthew Martin  (2019)
    Matthew Martin (2019) Learning Support Specialist
    B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    M.A.Ed. The College of William and Mary
  • Micah Manary (2017)
    Micah Manary (2017)

    B.S. California Institute of Technology,  Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Computer Science,  Math team

  • Stuart McKenzie (2020)
    Stuart McKenzie (2020)

    B.A. Music & Chemistry, Amherst College, Music I,II,III

  • Kathleen Oliver (1987)
    Kathleen Oliver (1987)

    African, Caribbean and Balinese Dance, Drumming and Percussion, Gamelan

  • Kevin Reilly (2020)
    Kevin Reilly (2020)

    Williams College, BA in English, 2002
    Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, MEd, Secondary English, 2013
    Center for Cartoon Studies, MFA, 2019, English I, Creative Writing

  • Ben Ripley ’99 (2007)
    Ben Ripley ’99 (2007)

    B.A. St. John’s College NM,  M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago Geometry, Photography,
    Life Drawing

  • Franny Shuker-Haines, Director (1997)
    Franny Shuker-Haines, Director (1997)

    B.A. Wesleyan University

    English III, Drama I & II, Creative writing

  • Timothy Shuker-Haines (1997)
    Timothy Shuker-Haines (1997)

    B.A. Swarthmore College; M.A. San Francisco State University; Ph.D. University of Michigan
    American History, The Western Tradition, Economics
    All-School Trip

  • Derek Yiu (2012)
    Derek Yiu (2012)

    B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa: Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language; M.A. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College
    Intermediate ESL, Advanced ESL, Spanish I, Conversational Mandarin,
    Gate House Dormitory,  Soccer, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee


  • "Buxton has given me the freedom to be the person I want to be, make the art I want to make, and learn the things I want to learn. At Buxton we learn not only in the classroom, but in the community. We learn how to be good to each other and how to support each other. Buxton has so much to offer students, both inside the classroom and outside of it."
    Sadie Great Barrington, MA
  • “At Buxton you get to focus on what you want to be learning; whether it is social skills or in-depth studying- you learn to take responsibility of your education.”
    Francis Magai
    Francis Magai Troy, NY
  • “Living your education means to not only learn things, but to use what you learn in your everyday life.”
    Naima Nigh
    Naima Nigh Mexico
  • “To me, living your education means to be independent, to take charge, to not be afraid of asking for help, to learn from your peers, to love to learn, to take what you have learned from a loving environment and take it into the world.”
    Kat Hallowell
    Kat Hallowell New Hampshire
  • “Your education is more than just your time in class, it’s your life as a whole. Learning is not limited to a teacher teaching you something in a classroom.”
    Cynder Johnson
    Cynder Johnson Missouri
  • “To me, at Buxton, it’s not boundaries that you make, but the ones you break through.”
    Roy Malone
    Roy Malone New York, NY
  • “At Buxton, I can choose what I want to do with my education. I can design my own path and invest my time studying topics that I’m really interested in.”
    Nora Mittleman
    Nora Mittleman New York, NY
  • “At Buxton you can experience your intellectual development in a community that accepts your perspective of the world.”
    Ben Nigh
    Ben Nigh Mexico
  • “I felt instantly at home when I stepped on the campus. At Buxton, we are in school 24/7. We learn things in the classroom, but we really learn valuable things outside of the classroom. We learn how to work with others and respect each other’s spaces. Our education surrounds us and we learn new things everyday.”
    Emily Woodside
    Emily Woodside Albany, NY
  • “I chose Buxton over public school because I think I function better in a smaller environment. You’re able to get to know students and faculty on a deeper level, which is rare.”
    Charlie Starenko
    Charlie Starenko Williamstown, MA

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